Frequently Asked Questions

What is a spinal adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which trained specialists (chiropractors) use their hands, a special table or a small instrument to apply a rapid, controlled force to a specific spinal joint. The goal of this procedure, also known as spinal manipulation, is to improve spinal mechanics (motion) and improve your body’s physical function.

Does Dr. Lipari only do spinal adjustments?

No. Dr. Lipari typically employs other manual therapies such as gentle massage/soft tissue manipulation/myofascial release along with her adjustments. Additionally she may use modalities such as electric muscle stimulation, heat/ice, ultrasound, cupping or taping. As she likes to say, she likes to have different “tools in the toolbox” so she can tailor a plan that is appropriate to each patient. That way each person can receive the maximum benefit from their visits.

What can I expect at my first visit?

Dr. Lipari will begin with a thorough history, followed by a physical evaluation consisting of chiropractic, orthopedic and neurological components. She will then explain her findings and how she plans to address your complaints or wellness care. She will always explain what she is about to do and make sure you are comfortable. She understands many patients are eager to feel better but may be nervous; she appreciates when patients express this so it can be discussed and you are at ease before proceeding. You will remain clothed the entire time. She will then proceed with treatment, followed by a recommendation for care going forward and possible home instructions.

Once I begin care do I have to keep going forever?

No. Dr. Lipari understands everyone has different needs and goals. She will make her best professional recommendation and guide you on how to maintain the results you have achieved in (and out of) her office, which may include a maintenance level of chiropractic care. She respects every individual’s choice on how they proceed, and there is never any pressure to stay on for additional care. Most patients do continue (at varying frequencies based on their own personal needs), because their bodies function better and they maintain optimal health with chiropractic adjustments as part of their health care regimen.

What is the Webster Technique?

A chiropractic adjustment called the Webster technique is a specific sacral adjustment to help facilitate the mother’s pelvic alignment and nerve system function. This in turn balances pelvic muscles and ligaments, and reduces torsion/tension to the uterus. This may offer a greater potential for optimal fetal positioning. There is a very high success rate for reducing dystocia when implementing this technique during pregnancy. Studies have shown more favorable labor and delivery outcomes with chiropractic care being administered during pregnancy. For this reason, many midwives, OBs and other birth professionals refer to Dr. Lipari for this specific care. Dr. Lipari has a specific table that allows room for the pregnant belly, so individuals may comfortably lay face down.

Can babies/children benefit from Chiropractic Care? What do they come in for?

Yes, many babies and children are seen in the office. In fact, they have their own pediatric treatment room which designed to be a friendly and non-intimidating space for these special little humans. Young ones come in for a variety of reasons . Examples include (but are not limited to): musculoskeletal issues such as tight muscles and Range of Motion issues that may affect feeding, myofascial release(soft tissue bodywork )pre/post lip or tongue tie revision, cranial therapy to assist with drainage (ear/sinus issues), torticollis, scoliosis, injuries, and general spinal adjustments to ensure proper alignment and optimal health and wellness, including a strong immune system.

What is Kinesiotaping?

RockTape’s unique elasticity causes the skin to form convolutions and wrinkle. This decompresses the tissue immediately below the skin. It is believed that this has three main effects: • Fluid effect- improving blood and lymphatic flow in the taped area • Mechanical effect- improving the slide and glide between tissue layers • Neurological effect- altering the perception of pain and improving body awareness. • Assists to decrease pain • Assists to reduce swelling and bruising • Provides functional support while allowing full range of movement • Hypoallergenic – no zinc oxide or latex • Water resistant – can be worn for up to 5 days Source:

What is cupping?

RockPods are silicone cups that use gentle suction to create space in the tissues, thus improving blood and lymph flow. Additionally, it is believed that application of RockPods can induce a neurochemical response while also having a neurosensory effect, both of which can help to mitigate pain and improve movement. Bruising is NOT necessary in order for treatment to ‘work’, although a histamine response (skin redness) may occur as a byproduct of the treatment and should generally go away within minutes to hours. Source:

Do I need to be in pain to receive Chiropractic care?

No. Spinal adjustments affect the nervous system by removing impingements, or interference, within that system. The nervous system controls every other system in the body. Therefore, by allowing the nervous system to function optimally, all other systems can benefit, or improve. An adjustment does not ‘treat’ any condition; rather, the body heals or recovers itself by being allowed to express its best abilities. Many athletes and active individuals seek care for optimal physical performance.

What is moxibustion?

Moxibustion is a type of Chinese medicine where an herb (Artemesia vulgaria) is burned close to the skin of the fifth toes of both feet. Dr. Lipari will instruct a patient on how to perform this, and send her home with a moxa stick and instruction sheet. Women burn the moxa sticks close to their toes for about 15-20 minutes, from anywhere to 1-10 times per day, for up to two weeks. This treatment is usually started between 28 and 37 weeks of pregnancy. The burning of the moxa stick stimulates heat receptors on the skin of the toe. It is thought that the heat encourages the release of two pregnancy hormones – placental estrogen and prostaglandins – which lead to uterine contractions. These contractions can then stimulate the baby to move (Cardini & Weixin, 1998). Source:

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